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1:40 PM ET, October 13, 2021


 Top News: 
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Netflix reinstates a trans employee and two others suspended for crashing a top executive meeting; trans staffers still plan to walk out on October 20  —  The trans employee resource group at Netflix is planning a company-wide walkout on October 20th to protest statements …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Memo: Ted Sarandos defends Dave Chappelle, saying he is “one of the most popular” comedians and “artistic freedom” is a “different standard” to workplace speech
Elizabeth Culliford / Reuters:
Facebook says it now counts activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures, increasing protections for them against targeted harassment and bullying  —  Facebook Inc(FB.O) will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections …
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times creates a Newsroom Culture and Careers department to “demystify” how its employees “thrive and get ahead”  —  Meet the leaders who will usher in a new era of career development and newsroom culture.  Read more in this note from Carolyn Ryan.  —  Colleagues,
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Profile of Discovery CEO David Zaslav as the WarnerMedia merger, expected to close around mid-2022, would make him one of the top media execs in the world  —  After 15 years running Discovery, the media mogul for Main Street opens up about his upcoming battle with Disney and Netflix.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS partners with NFT company Recur to sell digital collectibles based on its library of films and TV shows  —  The entertainment giant has partnered with Recur to develop digital collectibles based on IP from brands like Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, CBS and MTV.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Insider and Variety
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
London-based The Investigative Journal will close after a court agrees that it misled its ex-EIC about its intentions to covertly support the UAE and Egypt  —  A London-based investigative news website has closed after its former editor-in-chief successfully claimed in court she had been misled about its intentions and funding.
Los Angeles Times:
Court docs: in 2011, ESPN's Adam Schefter referred to Washington Football Team exec Bruce Allen as “Mr. Editor” and sought feedback on an unpublished story  —  Several inflammatory emails by Jon Gruden were filed as exhibits in federal court by attorneys for Washington Football …
Catie Keck / The Verge:
Netflix says Squid Game “reached” 111M global accounts in its first 17 days, a record, defined as those who watched for at least two minutes  —  111 million viewers tuned into the series during its first 17 days  —  Netflix's hugely popular series Squid Game has become …
Ross Benes / eMarketer:
Spotify, with 83.1M users, is the largest digital audio platform in the US, followed by Pandora (54.2M), Amazon Music (49.8M), and Apple Music (36.9M)  —  Spotify has the most users among digital audio platforms, followed by Pandora, Amazon Music, and Apple Music.  Amazon will surpass Pandora in listeners next year.
Discussion: Forbes and Music Ally
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
UK's The Telegraph says it passed 500K paid digital subscribers this month, up 30% since the start of 2021, and newsletter revenue is up 81% year to date  —  British publisher The Telegraph is betting that offering fewer, more focused newsletters will actually help grow the number of subscribers to them.
Discussion: @dcnorg
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Daily Wire will expand into book publishing next spring, with books by actor Gina Carano, Candace Owens, and an officer involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A publishing division started by the conservative media company the Daily Wire will include releases …
Discussion: @joshuaherr6
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Scripps National Spelling Bee will leave ESPN after 28 years and move to Scripps-owned broadcast networks ION and Bounce in 2022
Discussion: Deadline
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
News Corp Australia acknowledges climate change in its newspapers, drawing criticism from the left and the right, including from Murdoch commentator Andrew Bolt
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Discovery+ is launching in Canada on October 19 for $4.99/month CAD with ads and $6.99/month CAD without ads
Amanda Silberling / TechCrunch:
Patreon's Memberful, which helps manage subscriptions, debuts a newsletter feature that takes a 4.9% cut plus $25/month or $100/month depending on pricing plan
Discussion: @nwquah
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
NYT is testing NYT Audio, an app for its podcasts and audio versions of its articles plus those from other outlets available on NYT-owned Audm
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
RISJ launches the Oxford Climate Journalism Network, which will provide access to experts and professional forums to help newsrooms with climate coverage